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Apex Legends revenue plummets after disappointing Season 1

Published: 21/May/2019 16:29 Updated: 21/May/2019 17:13

by Calum Patterson

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Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall-inspired battle royale, Apex Legends, has seen a massive decline in revenue since its record breaking first month, despite the much-anticipated launch of the game’s first ‘season.’

After a surprise release on February 4, SuperData reported that Apex Legends had enjoyed the “best launch month of any free-to-play game in history”, with estimated in-game spending of $92 million.

This was thanks to Fortnite Battle Royale, but the momentum soon stagnated.

Respawn EntertainmentThe Havoc is the only new weapon added to Apex Legends since launch.

With a prolonged wait for the release of Season 1, which brought a new legend and a battle pass, players first became impatient, and then when the season finally began, underwhelmed.

There were endless complaints about the quality and quantity of content available in the battle pass. Meanwhile, the lack of any new weapons or map changes meant the game was becoming stale for some.

These complaints have also been made with players’ wallets, it seems, as SuperData report on May 21 that Apex made only $24 million in April, “down significantly for the second month in a row,” meaning it falls out of the top 10 earners.

Apex is no longer among the top grossing games on any platform (not currently available on mobile).

Is Season 2 the Last chance for Apex Legends?

Although $24 million a month from a free game is not a bad return, it’s still only just over a quarter of what the game raked in its first month, admittedly this was unsustainable however.

The future isn’t entirely bleak however, as Season 2 is just around the corner, and a mobile release has also been confirmed, although no date given yet.

Still, these are not positive signs for a game that was once on a seemingly unstoppable trajectory, and Respawn will be keen to address the dip in revenue. They recently made changes to the in-game store, but players were not happy about them, asking for a full rework.

Reddit U/ johnrubyWeapon and character skins cost 1,800 Apex Coins (~$18) in the store.

Season 2 could be the last chance for Apex Legends to convince players to stay on board and continue to shell out cash on in-game items. But it will require an influx of new content, something which, so far, Respawn has shown a reluctancy to add in, at least at the rate players expect. 

Since launch on February 4, there has still been only one gun added to Apex Legends. Compare this to the same time frame in that other popular battle royale game which adds a new weapon or item every two weeks, and the difference is stark.

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Apex Legends actor reveals Bloodhound’s voice pre-edit

Published: 4/Dec/2020 14:26 Updated: 4/Dec/2020 14:27

by Ava Thompson-Powell

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With the recent arrival of Season 7, Apex Legends fans are jumping into Olympus with all of their favorite Legends. One voice actor of the non-binary Bloodhound recently shared what they sound like prior to vocal edits.

Arriving alongside the launch of Apex Legends back in 2019, Bloodhound was one of the first Legends available for players to utilize in matches. Billed as a legendary hunter, this Technological Tracker is the first non-binary character in the hit battle royale.

As the Apex seasons have progressed, the character has become increasingly powerful and seen their popularity grown.

So, in a peek behind the scenes, the voice actor behind Bloodhound has revealed how they sound before Respawn adds a few tweaks to make it sound as it does now.

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Bloodhound is, quite simply, one of Apex’s most popular legends.

The voice behind the mask

In a recent post to their TikTok account, voice actor Allegra Clark shared a clip of what the voice lines she records sound like prior to editing.

Stating that “what I do is only part of the vocal performance,” Clark details that a cool gas-mask vocal effect also pitches down her voice about two steps.

While the direction Allegra was originally given was that of an “androgynous, badass place,” she then goes on to share what Bloodhound’s iconic voice sounds like pre-editing. With a stark contrast to her regular voice, Clark’s vocal modulation and Icelandic/Old Norse accent instantly show off that recognizable cadence they have with their iconic lines.

@allegra_clark

In b4 people tell me I haven’t been #bloodhound since records started in 2018. #bloodhoundapexlegends #apexlegends #voiceactor #voiceover #voiceacting

♬ original sound – Allegra Clark

The fans react

Shared on Reddit by IIIlandist, fans have been reacting to the non-binary character’s lines being heard without the filter.

One commenter stated: “when she said Mozambique here I felt that,” with another adding, “when she said Mozambique here I died.” Fans of the character were excited to hear how their vocal performance came about and seeing the effort of production that goes into creating the Legend.

It’s incredibly interesting seeing behind the scenes information regarding voice work and the like. This clip shared by Clark is no exception.